As you might have guessed, I’ve been suffering from a bit of outrage fatigue the past week. Between all the bad news out there, some pressures at work, and a general mental funk, I just haven’t felt the urge to write.
This morning Preacher Joe (the pastor at the church I and Virginia Riflewoman attend) had an excellent sermon about perspective and expectation. The text was Acts 16, the scene where Paul and Silas get thrown in jail after being led by the Holy Spirit to go to Macedonia. The thrust of the message was that God knows just how bad things will be, but they could be worse if we do something He doesn’t want us to do.
Further, the attitude of Paul and Silas in jail was illustrative of the character we should have. They were chained to the wall and praising God at the same time, not an easy mindset to get into. An earthquake struck, the jailer panicked and almost killed himself, then stopped when he realized the captives were still there. He ended up getting saved. The point of the lesson was that if we look only at the bad things as they come along we can lose sight of and miss what God wants to accomplish as an end goal. In this sermon, it was the salvation of an individual. In our modern day? I believe it is the restoration of the country.
After the sermon I reexamined my attitude. I believe the God off the Bible is the God of Liberty, and wants us to be free of this oppressive government. These troubles we’re seeing – the Wisconsin Union thuggery, the fiscal crises, all the rest – are probably at some level necessary, because if they didn’t come we’d continue blindly on the way to our destruction. But if we view them as setting us up for the restoration of the Constitution and all that means –
Well, it makes me smile. And it’s fun to smile at your enemies. It confuses them, makes them worry.
Freedom from fear.
This was one of FDR’s four freedoms that he spoke of in the 1941 state of the union, when he went beyond what the Constitution called for and again expanded the purpose of government beyond what it is supposed to do.
But is this a legitimate freedom, and if so, how is it secured for yourself and your posterity?
I say it is, but because of the nature of fear it is fruitless to try to get someone else to keep you free from it.
What is fear? One acronym I like says it is False Evaluations Appearing Real. You are a creature of perception, and always will be; truth is absolute, only your perception of it varies. This may seem like a simple statement of obvious fact, but in some circles it is a radical worldview. You observe and evaluate every minute of your life. If your evaluations are correct, you will make more accurate predictions and take more effective actions. If they are not correct, you will be guided by bad decisions. You will perceive a danger and act against it even if it is not there. One key to defeating fear is to learn how to make effective evaluations, and in doing so, better decisions.
Another key is humility. By this I do not mean the sense that you are not worthy of such and such award. I mean having an accurate self-perception, neither thinking too much or too little of oneself. It isn’t bragging if you can do it, to put it in simpler terms. If you are humble, you need not fear what others think of you, for you will build a reputation of honesty about what you can do and admitting when you can’t. From that you have no grounds to fear what others think of you.
And what of fear of your enemy, the one who shoots at you? To quote from General Jackson in the movie Gods and Generals:
“My religious beliefs teach me to feel as safe in battle as in bed. God has fixed the time of my death. I do not concern myself with that, but to be always ready whenever it may overtake me. That is the way all men should live, and all men would be equally brave.”
Overcome your fears now, before they take the opportunity, provided by circumstance, to kill you.
Arctic Patriot posted a graphic a few days ago, but forgot one very important one in the list.
is to remind you of the cost to secure the others.
I was thinking of what I could post today, when I read something over at Arctic Patriot (emphasis in original):
I am advocating that the American people, or at least those of us who care, resist current and future attempts to strip us of liberties bought with blood hundreds of years ago, no matter the justification or outcry for such infringements. No matter what that resistance looks like.
“Bought with blood.”
That is a powerful phrase. It implies that blood has value, which makes it precious. Worth saving. Intended to be spent as sparingly as possible. Like unto gold.
Our freedoms, given to us by the event of our birth (or conception, if you think as I do), were secured for us because someone else died. That transaction is different than every other transaction. While an economic transaction results in two or more parties each receiving something of value, the transaction of freedom is a sacrificial one – only one benefits, the other dies and does not get to enjoy the reward of his acts here on Earth. Even if the one who fights for freedom does not die, he carries with him the scars, often mental as well as physical, of the fight for the rest of his life.
In the coming weeks, there will be many that call for the sacrifice of our freedoms because of the actions of a psychologically sick individual. Remember the phrase “bought with blood” when they call for you to register your semiautomatic, or attempt to prohibit you from owning a high capacity magazine, or demand you fill out a permission slip to buy ammo. They are attempting to buy your freedoms with the blood spilled on Saturday.
The blood of others. Not theirs.
They are going to try to take what is yours on the cheap, by talking you out of what belongs to you. By making you feel guilty for someone else’s actions. By demanding you pay in freedom someone else’s debt, which is owed in blood.
Make no mistake, the blood of the nine year old girl, the judge, the elderly men and women who were all shot by this mental deficient, cries out for vengance. It does not cry out for your freedoms. It cries out for justice. Only two things can deliver it for them, the blood of Christ or the blood of the crazy man.
Your freedoms are not sufficient to cover the cost of the crimes. They were bought with someone else’s blood, in a different transaction for a different purpose. They are not negotiable. Remember the cost paid for them, and refuse all offers from those who want to buy them for less than face value.
Refuse. Resist. Do. NOT. Submit.
Every militia member needs to be motivated in their pursuit of the effective and proper security of a free people. This means that they must have some sort of worldview, or philosophy, or grand perspective, whatever you wish to call it. Mine is pretty simple.
“We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” – Thomas Jefferson
“Pray, then, in this way: ‘Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’ ” – Jesus, Matthew 6:9-13 (NASB)
“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” – 2 Corinthians 3:17
“THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON ME, BECAUSE HE ANOINTED ME TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR. HE HAS SENT ME TO PROCLAIM RELEASE TO THE CAPTIVES, AND RECOVERY OF SIGHT TO THE BLIND, TO SET FREE THOSE WHO ARE OPPRESSED, ” – Luke 4:18
I am a Christian. If God’s kingdom is to come on Earth, then the pursuit of liberty is the pursuit of His kingdom, because the Spirit of the Lord brings liberty and his son came to set free the oppressed. If I oppose those who seek to enslave others, then I explicitly and implicitly support God’s kingdom. As long as I don’t use that liberty to try and gain control of someone else, I am helping to advance God’s kingdom.